On March 17, we're all Irish for a day
by Maria Thomson
Mar 08, 2016 | 2932 views | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The sun is bright and warm and sundown will be later thanks to Daylight Savings Time, which begins this Sunday, March 13, with spring beginning one week later. Remember when I started counting down to these dates? Well, we are nearly there.

I hope it is warm and sunny for the St. Patrick's Day Parade, but it is always great in spite of the weather. I remember when I worked in a Manhattan office and how we changed every name plate, placing an “O” in front of our names so we could all be Irish for a day.

I hope many will take the WBID’s advice and eat out in Woodhaven. Remember when the weather broke and the snow melted and the rain washed it all away? It was so great to see our Jamaica Avenue crowded.

I hope that you go to one of our restaurants where they prepare great corned beef and cabbage. St. Patrick’s Day is always a great day for all to enjoy.

The WBID would like to remind you that we still have free benches available to any of our Jamaica Avenue stores or businesses. Give us a call if you want one. Also, when you are shopping encourage your storeowners to call us regarding getting one of these durable attractive benches. They have separators, so no one can lie on them, they are for sitting and resting only.

During the year, many elected officials stated that when alternate-side parking was suspended, the parking meters should have been suspended as well. This is a very good suggestion, especially since muni-meters require walking to and from your car in all of the bad weather.

If you have any suggestions as to where additional muni-meters should be installed because they are too far apart, please call our office.

The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation still has 2.5 and 5 percent low-interest Home Improvement Loans available.

As for the building at 78-19 Jamaica Avenue, no work has been done on the property. The WBID had requested the owner paint over the graffiti on the barricades, but the WBID still has to paint it. It’s a shame they did not tear it down and that the lenient judge doesn’t live right next door to this eyesore that she left standing.

Mark your calendars for Saturday March 19, for the WBID Spring Promotion with music and clowns from 1 to 4 p.m. along our Avenue and free pictures with the Easter Bunny in Forest Parkway Plaza.

Look for WBID staff members distributing free quarters on Jamaica Avenue to oay shoppers for their first 15 minutes on the meters. As we go to press, I have been informed that Joseph P. Schmidt, Esq., a great man and a great Woodhavenite. has passed away. More on his passing in my next article.

May God bless our armed forces, may God bless our disabled veterans, may God bless our NYPD, and may God bless our America.

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